It’s been a crazy 48 hours. The buzz surrounding a New York Yankees-Cincinnati Reds trading involving Luis Castillo has picked up so much steam that the Reds’ general manager had to come out and deny everything.
A few other things we learned? The Yankees aren’t close to a deal for Castillo. The Reds might be keen on keeping the right-hander because he’s their best asset. And during the supposed Yankees-Reds talks, Cincy reportedly asked for Gleyber Torres in exchange for the right-hander. Intriguing, right?
Fans are divided on whether or not they’d do this, but there’s no need to be divided, because the Yankees aren’t going to do it! And that’s all that matters. General manager Brian Cashman is smart enough to know that acquiring a player of Castillo’s caliber to bolster the starting rotation doesn’t mean you go ahead and immediately downgrade at arguably the most important position on the field.
But just because the Yankees allegedly rejected the advances on Torres doesn’t mean the discussions should end there. New York has one of the best farm systems in all of baseball and can very much help the Reds in a multitude of other ways.
Here are three Gleyber Torres-less trade packages for Luis Castillo that should still entice Cincinnati.
3. Gio Urshela, Deivi Garcia, Yoendrys Gomez, Kevin Alcantara and Josh Breaux for Luis Castillo and Eugenio Suarez
We don’t advise this package, but the Yankees and Reds could make it happen.
This is number three for a reason. We don’t necessarily want this to happen, but past reports have suggested the Reds would want to unload one of their bigger long-term contracts with Castillo to shed some salary. OK, so toss in Eugenio Suarez.
Fans aren’t going to like this, but that means Gio Urshela is gone. I know, we don’t want it either, but this isn’t out of the question from Cashman’s perspective. He got Urshela for nothing, so parting ways with him for a No. 2 starter and another All-Star third baseman that costs more money-wise isn’t really a loss. If this is what it takes, then so be it.
But then come the prospects. No. 3 Deivi Garcia, No. 5 Luis Gil and No. 13 Kevin Alcantara will likely have to go. Garcia and Gil give the Reds high upside in the pitching department while Alcantara, a promising 18-year-old outfielder, gives them another potential building block assuming he continues on the expected trajectory.
Here’s the deal: the Reds don’t need a guy like Gleyber Torres, who they’ll have to pay in three years. Their window, if they’re making everyone available, doesn’t align with his prime. Their best bet is prospects, and the Yankees can offer potential cornerstones.